AP Literature and Composition
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
Grades: 10-12, 9 with instructor approval
One core credit; DOE course code: 23.06500
One weekly class with two 90-min sessions
Prerequisites: At least a B in two previous high school level English classes and motivation to do college-level work
This seminar-style course provides an opportunity for students to dig into literature in an analytical way, writing about and discussing the content and context of classic works. Through study of writing techniques, literary terms, and backgrounds of literature from various centuries and cultures, students investigate literary analysis and learn to navigate through some of the powerful worldviews of history, from Greek to African to European, and from existentialist to feminist to Christian. Discussion, research, mapping, and analytical writing lead to drafts and revisions of essays and explications, and study of past AP exams makes the optional, national May exam more friendly to the student. Despite this serious description, students actually enjoy the give and take in the discussions and the chance to dig deeply into interesting material. Much of the class is interactive and hands-on. Optional reading can add extra credit, starting in the summer.
Texts: Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound and Sense (ISBN 0155511084) and classic literature such as Antigone; Othello*; Doll's House*; Cry, the Beloved Country; The Plague; One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; The Glass Menagerie*; Death of a Salesman*. (*included in Perrine text which is cheap to purchase used online or from previous Multicultural Lit students).
Extra-credit summer reading opportunities and syllabus are at www.MargaretShuman.com.
Tuition: Nine monthly payments of $100/mo, August through April. Supply fee: $100, due in August. These fees cover not only tuition but also a portion of materials we will use in class and monthly administrative fees paid to MAS.
Take $5 off per month per student for families with multiple students enrolled in Shuman courses in a current year.
The fee for the May national AP exam (which is an optional test) and books not included in price of class. Books may be acquired used or at a special group rate that instructor will arrange.
Would you like to meet up and talk about this class? Contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org or text at 678-772-1644. We can meet for a walk or for coffee/tea at a location that works for us both! You can also visit any Shuman class with or without your student, any time.